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When You Have a Chip in Your Windshield, Have it Repaired With Resin

You spend a lot of time and money keeping your vehicle in top-notch shape. That's why it's such a pain when you're behind a truck that doesn't have any mud flaps. The wheels fling up a small rock, and then you're stuck with a chip in your windshield. While it's not the best situation, you can have the windshield repaired to make it stronger.

When a windshield repair company fixes a chip in the windshield, the technician injects resin into the chip so that the point of damage is stronger. It's not exactly…

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How to Correct a Slide on Icy Roads

When snowstorms hit, you have to be careful of icy roads. There are a few things that can happen with icy roads. For one, your wheels can lock up and cause you to slide across lanes of traffic. Even with the toughest brakes and snow tires, you may still fishtail during snowy conditions. The best way to correct this is to your wheels into the slide. This will cause your wheels to correct the path and turn straight, but you have to do this in a gentle, calm way.

When people panic, they tend to over-correct or even accelerate when…

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Build a Winter Survival Kit: Be Prepared!

Preparing for the worst in winter driving is essential for safety, especially when you are driving in icy conditions. We at Bowman Auto Center want our community to prepare for all types of weather, so we've compiled a few tips on how to build a survival kit.

If you know the weather is going to be especially harsh, it is a good idea to keep your survival kit close to you inside the car, instead of in your trunk. Standard items that will keep you warm and healthy include gloves, extra clothes, blankets, hats, food, and water. 

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Everything You Need to Know About Mufflers and Exhaust Systems

An effective muffler and emissions system will not only make your vehicle run more quietly, but it will also be doing a great service to the environment. Malfunctioning exhaust systems can leak harmful emissions into the air, causing a host of problems for you, your car, and the air around you.

Noise that continues to get louder as you accelerate is a sign that you may need a new muffler and should have your vehicle thoroughly examined. Reduced gas mileage is also a sign that your vehicle's exhaust system may not be functioning at optimal levels. 

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Your Vehicle Needs Brake Fluid

Your vehicle cannot stop without brake fluid. The fluid is a non-compressible substance in the brake lines. Brake fluid operates under intense pressure. It moves the complex components in the vehicle’s braking system.

There are several types of brake fluids. Brake fluids can be classified as glycol-based or silicone-based. Glycol-based brake fluids are common in vehicles that have anti-lock brake systems. Silicone-based fluids are used in vehicles that do not have anti-lock brakes.  

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Let the Suspension System Steer You Right

A vehicle's suspension system works to deliver a smooth ride by minimizing bumps in the road and improving overall comfort. Signs of a deteriorating suspension system include the decrease in the ability to remain straight while driving and an increase in vehicle vibration and bouncing.

A worn and tired suspension system can negatively affect the safety and function of a vehicle. A shock and struck replacement or servicing can work to improve the suspension in your vehicle and deliver a smoother ride. 

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Why You Should Dispel Motor Oil Myths

There are a number of things you need to take into consideration when it comes to your vehicle's routine maintenance and repairs. You need to make sure fluid levels are topped off periodically, including the oil, transmission fluid, and windshield washer fluid. Your brakes should be inspected, and you need air filters and oil filters changed out. These maintenance items contribute to how efficient your vehicle is overall.

When it comes to your motor oil, you may have been given advice at some point that doesn't work for your specific vehicle. 

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Why Do You Have to Wiggle Your Key in the Ignition Switch to Get Your Car to Start?

In your car, the ignition switch is the method by which you start your vehicle. Turning the key in the ignition switch closes the circuit allowing current to flow through the ignition system. If you need to wiggle the key to get the current to flow, then there is a problem that needs to be addressed.

There are two possible problems with your ignition system if you must wiggle your key to get the car to start. When the switch does not turn unless you wiggle the key, then there is excessive wear inside the switch. 

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What is a Differential and Does it Need to be Serviced?

The more you know about your vehicle and all the parts that work together to keep it running properly, the better you can keep your vehicle maintained. And the more regularly your vehicle is serviced, the less time and money you will have to spend on costly repairs.

One of the perhaps lesser known parts of your vehicle is the differential, and you will usually find it between either the front or back tires underneath your car. The differential is a box with gears, and its job is to help deliver power to the drive wheels. 

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Reading Your Tire Sizes and Tire Pressure

Do you know what kind of tires you have? You mave have picked out the brand, but there are a string of numbers that mean different things on the tire than you'd expect. Tire sizes are not easy to understand with all of the different letters and numbers. However, if you look at the beginning of the string, the letter P will tell you that it is a P-metric tire, which means that it was made to meet the quality restrictions imposed in the United States for passenger vehicles.

However, if there are no letters in the beginning, then…

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